Thursday, May 5, 2016

Not mine (to) own

13.  Resolved, never to buy/own anything I am unwilling to loan:  But who am I . . . that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own. I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness (1 Chronicles 29:14–17).

14.  Resolved, to remember my worth and my unworthiness. I am worse and weaker than I dared admit, but through Christ I am more loved and accepted than I dared hope. Lord, do suspend me in this great grace, between these peaks and pits, let mercy be my harness.

My worth is not in what I own, not in the strength of flesh and bone
But in the costly wounds of love, at the cross

My worth is not in skill or name, in win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed at the cross

I rejoice in my Redeemer
Greatest treasure, wellspring of my soul
I will trust in Him, no other
My soul is satisfied in Him alone

I will not boast in wealth or might or human wisdom's fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ at the cross

Two wonders here that I confess: My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed –– my ransom paid –– at the cross

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